Queen Elizabeth greets the Pope in Holyrood Palace
As Pope Benedict began his apostolic journey to the United Kingdom, he was received by Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, her official residence in Scotland. The palace holds an important place in the history of the Catholic Church in Scotland.
Founded by King David I in 1128, Holyrood Abbey housed Augustinian canons for four centuries. In the fifteenth century, a guesthouse for the Scottish royal family was constructed near the abbey, and construction of the palace was completed in 1501.